Church Briefs - Feb. 14, 2010

Ash Wednesday services Feb. 17 ? First Lutheran Church will host Ash Wednesday worship services at 1 and 5:30 p.m. with a Lenten meal following the 5:30 p.m. worship service. Lenten book study will begin with small groups and the book "Frogs With...

Ash Wednesday services Feb. 17

  • First Lutheran Church will host Ash Wednesday worship services at 1 and 5:30 p.m. with a Lenten meal following the 5:30 p.m. worship service. Lenten book study will begin with small groups and the book "Frogs Without Legs Can't Hear" by David W. Anderson and Paul Hill. Call the church if you are interested in participating in a book study group at 728-3668.
  • Bethany Lutheran Church, 2308 W. Third St., will host its Ash Wednesday services at 2 p.m., followed by a social hour.
  • Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 4430 McCulloch St., will host its annual Ash Wednesday pancake supper at 5 p.m. with worship with communion following at 6:30. Dinner tickets available at the door: $6 for individuals and $15 for families. See
  • Midweek Lenten services at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1108 E. Eighth St., will begin Ash Wednesday with video clips by Luther Seminary professors. The soup supper will be at 6 p.m., with service at 6:45 p.m. in the downstairs chapel. Everyone is welcome.
  • There will be Ash Wednesday worship services at 7 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave.

Say 'I love you' with spaghetti
Our Savior's, 4831 Grand Ave., will hold a family spaghetti dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for kids 4 and younger. Black Forest Cake for dessert.

Learn forgiveness at Hope United

Hope United Methodist Church, 301 W. St. Marie St., will host a six-week study on the Christian model of forgiveness, using scripture, videos, study and reflection. The study is free and open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and meet Thursdays through Lent. For more information, call 724-2266 or visit .

Mark Pavola leaves the Encounter


The Encounter has hired Ryan Underwood to serve as the center's new executive director. The youth center, located in downtown Duluth, offers a wide variety of programming for young people in the Twin Ports. Ryan is replacing Mark Pavola, who served as the director of the Encounter since its inception in 2002. Mark recently took on the position of senior pastor at Bayside Baptist Church in Superior.

Ryan spent the last four years serving as the youth director for the Duluth Gospel Tabernacle.

"I think the Encounter has a very important place in the city of Duluth, and I'm excited to have a part in offering positive programming for the young people of our area," said Underwood. "This youth center has played a key role in the lives of so many young people over the years, and we want to continue to provide a safe place for them to express themselves and stay active, all the while coming into relationship with adults who care about them and want to see them succeed."

The Encounter is a part of Head of the Lakes Youth for Christ, a faith-based youth organization. The 38,000-square-foot building opened in 2002 and is home to a large indoor skateboard park, two concert venues -- regularly featuring both local and national music acts -- as well as a full gymnasium and game areas. The Encounter receives between 20,000 and 30,000 visits from young people each year.

Girlfriends Unlimited

Duluth Gospel Tabernacle is excited to announce the launch of Girlfriends Unlimited, a new ministry aimed at connecting women of all ages and helping them establish meaningful relationships. The first "Girlfriends" event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at 1515 W. Superior St. Special speaker is Marcia Doty. Cost: $5 at the door. For more, call 722-1928.

'Sacred Poetry'

Facilitators Deborah Cooper and Ann Niedringhaus will host "Sacred Poetry" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, and the following four Sundays at First Lutheran Church, 1100 E. Superior St. Participants will read and reflect on poems from a variety of faith traditions. No experience is necessary.


Weekend discernment retreat at CSS

Single Catholic women ages 18 to 45 interested in learning about a vocation to religious life are invited to a discernment retreat at St. Scholastica Monastery Feb. 12-14. The retreat will include informative sessions on discerning a call to religious life, the different kinds of religious communities, Benedictine monastic life and the rule of St. Benedict, communal prayer (the Liturgy of the Hours) with the Sisters, lectio divina (the sacred reading of scripture) and informal gatherings with the Sisters. There is no obligation or charge for the retreat (room and meals are provided), but registration is required by Feb. 10. Call 723-6646 or e-mail for details. Individual visits to the Monastery may also be arranged.

Sweets for Haiti

The Mayflower Guild of the Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 E. Superior St., is sponsoring a Valentine bake sale to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, with the proceeds going to Haitian earthquake victims.

New church

The Exchange Covenant Church is a new church in town holding monthly preview services at Woodland Middle School, 201 Clover St. We meet this Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. for services. Come join us as we consider what it means to live, love and lead for the glory of Christ. Children's church and nursery are provided.

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